Judge Warren White of Greene County, Missouri, displayed a droll sense of humor, as recounted by the late John K. Hulston (1915-2004), in An Ozarks Lawyer’s Story, 1946-1976.
After conducting a new trial of George Wilkerson, who had served part of a six-year sentence in the state penitentiary before a successful appeal, Judge White found Wilkerson guilty and ordered him back to prison, in this 1941 case.
Wilkerson complained, “Judge, I can’t take it. That’s too long. I’m too old a man to serve a sentence like that. It will kill me. I’ll die up there.”
“Well, do all of it you can,” Judge White replied.